Although the Nissan Frontier dates back to 2004 (yes, seriously), the automaker has done something quite significant for the midsize pickup truck’s final model year: a new engine. The same 3.8-liter V6 found in the updated Nissan Titan full-size truck replaces both the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6. A nine-speed automatic transmission is also new, replacing the old manual and ancient five-speed automatic. Yes, this means the 2020 Frontier will not offer a manual, but the tradeoff is a much newer and powerful engine, which is rated 310 horsepower. The old four-cylinder had only 152 hp and the V6 261 hp. Nissan promises improved acceleration and fuel economy.
Visually speaking, the 2020 Frontier looks the same as before inside and out. Buyers can once again choose from between King Cab or Crew Cab configurations with two bed sizes. Sales are set to get underway this spring.